Practice Updates for March/April: Zika, Opioids, Immunizations and More


Stay up to date with ACOG's authoritative clinical guidance and helpful patient education materials. The following provides Practice Updates for March and April 2016.



Zika Updates

On March 31, 2016, ACOG issued a revised Practice Advisory: Updated Interim Guidance for Care of Women of Reproductive Age During a Zika Virus Outbreak

ACOG is at the forefront of the latest guidance and information on the Zika Virus, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, and others.

To help ob-gyns and other providers stay up to date, ACOG launched and updates a Zika web page that contains all of the latest information for providers:

Practice Advisory: FDA Boxed Warning on Immediate-Release Opioid Medications and All Prescription Opioids 

On March 24, 2016, ACOG issued a Practice Advisory on FDA's Boxed Warning on Immediate-Release Opioid Medications and All Prescription Opioids in response to FDA's boxed warning language regarding neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and the impact this may have on pregnant women receiving appropriate opioid treatment. The practice advisory provides information for obstetrician-gynecologists and other obstetric providers who may be caring for pregnant women taking medically-prescribed opioids (for pain management or for opioid-assisted therapy).

Obstetrician-gynecologists and other obstetric providers are strongly encouraged to refer to for additional clinical guidance and resources relevant to chronic opioid use in pregnancy and NAS.

Featured Committee Opinion: Integrating Immunizations Into Practice

You’ll find helpful steps to educate and vaccinate your patients, with the goal of increasing immunization rates to reduce morbidity and mortality from a range of vaccine-preventable diseases.“Helping our patients make informed decisions about vaccination is an essential part of our specialty,” stated J. Martin Tucker, member of ACOG’s Immunization Expert Work Group and lead author of the Committee Opinion. “We must embrace this role, increase awareness and work to enhance immunization uptake.”

Committee Opinion #661, “Integrating Immunizations Into Practice,” is published in the April issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.



New Committee Opinions

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New Practice Bulletins (members only) 

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New Patient Education Pamphlets (members only)

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New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Patients

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